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The Buzz a hot farm tractor driven by Justin Shireman, sends smoke to the air during his winning pull at the SummerFest truck and tractor pull event Friday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. Photos by Brian Smith

Pulls draw big crowds, competition


July 02, 2014 | 10:51 AM

Six different divisions were brought in for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Midwest Region during the weekend at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.

The motor sports action was part of the Harrison County SummerFest, presented by Lucas Oil.

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Driver Nathan Luallan of Ramsey digs in for a pull Friday night. His Chevy truck, Barely Gettin By, placed fifth on Friday and was first on Saturday.
Two drivers — Shane Kellogg and Bethany Nelson — landed two wins each on Friday and Saturday night in their respective divisions.

This was the series' second consecutive weekend at an Indiana stop with the previous weekend action firing up in Tampico.

Friday in Corydon saw winners from four different states.

Five tractors went to the line in the Hot Farm division. While the second- through fourth-place finishers had pulls between 332.4 feet to 333.8 feet, there was no topping the run of Justin Shireman's The Buzz. His International Harvester machine easily had the best distance, pulling 346.83 for the Westport resident.

The Super Farm Tractor Maximum Overdrive was just short of a full pull. Also fielding an IH tractor, Clay Darnell's machine reared up and initially steered to the right before bringing it back toward the middle of the strip. The powerful run drew a distance of 319.96 feet for Darnell of Cynthiana, Ky.

Rounding out the tractors, Clayton Darlage took top honors in the Limited Pro Stock division. Beating out four other tractors, Darlage brought the front wheels up for his run, tapping the dirt three times before completing his pull. The distance for the Seymour resident in the Showtime IH tractor was 343.77 feet. Stuart Mager in the Bullhead Binder was second at 323.32 feet.

Kicking off the truck division Friday, Jonathon Payne of Georgetown won the Pro Stock 4x4. Driving the Chevy brand Major Pain close to his hometown, Payne survived a pull-off between three other trucks. Despite having the shortest full pull among the four full pullers, Payne's second run of 321.73 was much the best. Rounding out the top four were Jeff Sprowl, Neal Allen and Greg Hiser.

Plenty of black smoke filled the air when Gotta Have It driver Shane Kellogg throttled his Super Stock Diesel truck. His pull of 306.6 was 1/3-foot better than Kent Crowder's attempt. Kellogg, of Kenton, Ohio, was seated in a Dodge.

Bethany Nelson of Altamont, Ill., had the final winner of the night, competing in the Super Modified Two-wheel Drive truck. Bouncing a bit at the beginning of her run, Nelson settled her Wild One Chevy to a distance of 320.53 feet.

Nelson beat out a field of 11 trucks.

Returning for more action on Saturday, Nelson was one of the multiple winners. A smoother ride than Friday, Wild One had a pull of 317.94, narrowly edging out Craig Corzine (317.8).

Kellogg also took home the top prize on Saturday in the Super Stock Diesel. His Dodge had the top pull of 302.72.

Getting a win in his home county, Ramsey native Nathan Luallan won the 4x4 Pro Stock Truck event. Steering his red Chevy along the path, the Barely Gettin By truck pulled the sled 299.29 feet.

Churning his rear wheels, Darren Bommer of Brookville won the Hot Farm Tractor. Driving I Got This, the IH had the power to pull 320.35 feet.

Franklin resident Peter Norton had the goods to survive a three-way pull off with Brook Darnell and Clay Darnell in Super Farm Tractors. Norton's The Perfect Storm, a green John Deere, had a straightforward run of 325.65 in the pull off.

Providing enough horsepower out of his IH Limited Pro Stock Tractor, Bradley Hartman was the winner on Saturday with a pull of 348.63. His shiny red chrome tractor, named International Addiction, revved up and did the pulling better than four other competitors.

Up next for the Pro Pulling Midwest Region is a trip to the Gibson County Fairgrounds in Princeton on Monday.

The series will return to Harrison County this year for two more events: the Harrison County Fair on Saturday, July 19, and Lanesville Heritage Weekend festival on Sept. 12 and 13.

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